pt. 1. In the country of the dead. Amateurs -- The destiny jar -- Treasure hunters -- Unseen things -- pt. 2. Vandalism and other acts of removal. Diggers -- Going to the market -- A history of urges -- The chosen ones -- Salvage archaeology -- pt. 3. Where artifacts end up. The golden jar -- Houses of obsession -- Public trust -- pt. 4. In situ. No place like home -- Holding on -- Letting go.
Written in his trademark lyrical style, Childs' riveting book carries readers directly into his adventures and discoveries, lifting the curtain on the ethical dilemmas and dark side of archaeology and exploring the field's transgressions against the cultures it tries to preserve.